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Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie and Nicholas Hoult join The Banker

Deadline is reporting that Marvel Cinematic Universe stars Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie are teaming with X-Men’s Nicholas Hoult for The Banker, a fact based drama from director George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau).

The film tells the story of two African American entrepreneurs, Bernard Garrett (Mackie) and Joe Morris (Jackson), who attempted to circumvent the racial limitations of the 1950s by hiring a working class white man, Matt Steiner (Hoult), and training him to pose as the head of their business empire while they pretended to be a janitor and a chauffeur.

Nia Long (The Best Man) is also on board as Bernard’s wife Eunice, who also plays a key role in setting up the enterprise. However, their enormous success soon brings about unforeseen risk of exposure that threatens everything.

Filming on The Banker is now underway in Atlanta, Georgia, with Rumulus Entertainment producing.

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Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Nicholas Hoult & Nia Long Star In George Nolfi-Helmed ‘The Banker’

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Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Nicholas Hoult & Nia Long Star In George Nolfi-Helmed ‘The Banker’
Exclusive: Director George Nolfi has set Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Nicholas Hoult and Nia Long to star in The Banker, a fact based drama that Nolfi wrote with Niceole Levy. Romulus Entertainment is financing the film, with Brad Feinstein of Romulus producing.

The drama is based on the true story of two African American entrepreneurs, Bernard Garrett (Mackie) and Joe Morris (Jackson), who during the 1950’s tried to circumvent the racial limitations of the era and take on the establishment by recruiting a working class white man, Matt Steiner (Hoult) and training him to pose as the head of their business empire while they posed as a janitor and a chauffeur. Bernard’s wife Eunice (Nia Long), plays a key role in setting up the enterprise. Garrett and Morris become two of the wealthiest and most successful real estate owners in the country with Steiner as their front man,
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Netflix Renews ‘Altered Carbon’ for Season 2 With Anthony Mackie as New Lead

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Netflix has renewed science fiction drama “Altered Carbon” for a second season with Anthony Mackie taking on the role of Takeshi Kovacs.

The “Avengers” and “Hurt Locker” star replaces Joel Kinnaman, who originated the role.

The series takes place in a futuristic world where the human mind has been digitized, thus giving people the ability to upload their mind into new bodies (referred to as “sleeves”). Mackie will play the new “sleeve” of Kovacs.

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“Altered Carbon” is based on Richard K. Morgan’s science fiction novels. In Morgan’s book series, Kovacs’ story spans hundreds of years, many different bodies and planets.

For Season 2, which will consist of eight episodes, Alison Schapker will join creator Laeta Kalogridis as co-showrunner and executive producer. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross will executive produce for Skydance Television. James Middleton will also serve as an executive producer.
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‘Altered Carbon’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix With Anthony Mackie in Lead Role

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‘Altered Carbon’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix With Anthony Mackie in Lead Role
Altered Carbon” has been renewed for a second season at Netflix, but another actor is taking over the role of Takeshi Kovacs from Season 1 star Joel Kinnaman.

Anthony Mackie is joining the series in the lead role. The change up in the show’s main character is not unexpected given that it takes place In a futuristic world where the human mind has been digitized and a person can transfer their consciousness from one body to the next. The series is based on the science fiction novels written by Richard K. Morgan.

In addition, Laeta Kalogridis will return as showrunner and executive producer, with Alison Schapker joining the series as co-showrunner and executive producer. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross will executive produce for Skydance Television. James Middleton will also serve as an executive producer.

Mackie is a Julliard-trained actor known most recently for his role as Sam Wilson,
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‘Birth of the Dragon’ DVD Review

Stars: Billy Magnussen, Philip Ng, Xia Yu, Qu Jingjing, Jin Xing, Simon Yin, Van Ness Wu, Ron Yuan, Terry Chen | Written by Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson | Directed by George Nolfi

Directed by George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau), this account of a life-changing real-life fight between kung fu superstar-in-waiting Bruce Lee and martial arts grandmaster Wong Jack Man is less a of biopic and more of a fictionalisation based on a true story. Taken on those terms, it’s a lot of fun, though it’s likely to frustrate Bruce Lee aficionados looking for a more faithful approach.

The story begins in San Francisco in 1964, where a not-yet-famous Bruce Lee (Philip Ng) is teaching martial arts and focusing on becoming a superstar. When Shaolin monk Wong Jack Man (Xia Yu) arrives in San Francisco, Lee is rattled by his presence and challenges him to a duel, believing that the martial
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Emily Blunt In "A Quiet Place"

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Sneak Peek new images of actress Emily Blunt ("Edge of Tomorrow") posing for photographer Craig McDean, plus footage from her upcoming supernatural feature "A Quiet Place", directed by John Krasinski, opening April 6, 2018:

Blunt made her professional film debut in the 2003 TV film "Boudica", then portrayed 'Catherine Howard' in the miniseries "Henry VIII".

Her performance in the 2004 drama "My Summer of Love" earned her an 'Evening Standard British Film Award'. For her performance in the TV film "Gideon's Daughter" (2006) she received a 'Golden Globe' award for Best Supporting Actress.

For her role in "The Devil Wears Prada", she received a 'Golden Globe' nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture and a nomination for a 'BAFTA' award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

In 2009, she starred in "The Young Victoria", co-starred in the crime caper comedy "Wild Target', followed by "The Adjustment Bureau" (2011), "Looper" (2012), and "Edge of Tomorrow
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Bryan Cranston interview: Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams

Rob Leane Oct 23, 2017

Bryan Cranston chats to us about his involvement in Channel 4 and Amazon’s Phillip K. Dick anthology series, Electric Dreams...

Amazon and Channel 4’s Philip K. Dick anthology series, Electric Dreams, adapts ten of the iconic author’s short stories into hour-long TV dramas.

The show has the mighty Bryan Cranston involved as an actor and an executive producer. This marks the second Amazon production that Cranston has pulled double duty on, following on from Sneaky Pete.

Along with a bunch of other journalists, Den Of Geek took part in a roundtable interview with Cranston on the set of Electric Dreams, on an offensively hot day back in June. Here’s how it went...

I think what we all want to know is the genesis of how Electric Dreams came together.

It did come together. I bumped into Michael Dinner, who was a director that I knew,
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Why Flash Gordon Reboot Has Been on Indefinite Hold

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Why Flash Gordon Reboot Has Been on Indefinite Hold
Back in the spring of 2015, 20th Century Fox moved forward with its long-awaited Flash Gordon remake, setting director Matthew Vaughn at the helm, but we haven't heard anything about it since then. It turns out there's a very good reason for that, with Matthew Vaughn revealing in a new interview that he's still been working on it, but his original vision for the story was basically taken by Marvel's 2014 blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy. Here's what the director had to say below, when asked if he's still working on a Flash Gordon movie.

"Yeah, we've been working on it. For me, the only problem with Flash Gordon is Guardians (of the Galaxy) kind of stole what I would have liked to have done with it. You've got Star Wars, you've got Guardians, so you've got to have your own space opera, but you have to find something that can survive among these two very,
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The endless adaptability of Philip K Dick

From the new Blade Runner to Channel 4’s Electric Dreams, the insatiable hunger for ‘Pkd’ stories on screen shows no sign of abating

With the Channel 4 series of dramas based on his short stories starting, Philip K Dick has cemented his reputation as one of the most adapted science fiction authors of the modern age.

The most famous big-screen outing of recent years was Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, released in 1982, the year the author died. But there has also been Total Recall, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (and its 2012 remake); Minority Report (2002), with Tom Cruise; the Richard Linklater “rotoscoped” version of A Scanner Darkly, which overlayed animation on live-action footage of Keanu Reeves; and 2011’s The Adjustment Bureau.

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Trailer For the Bruce Lee Film Birth Of The Dragon

The first trailer has been released for the new Bruce Lee biopic, Birth of the Dragon. I've been a Bruce Lee fanatic since I was a kid and the only biopic we've really had was the 1993 movie Dragon. Now we have this film and it looks pretty good. The trailer didn't blow me away, but I'll watch it.

The film centers around the story behind the legendary 1960s fight between Shaolin Master Wong Jack Man and a young Bruce Lee. I don't know if you're familiar with this story or not but it's pretty crazy and there's a lot of controversy surrounding it. Here's the synopsis:

Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, Birth Of The Dragon is a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. It takes its inspiration from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung
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New Trailer For Bruce Lee Pic ‘Birth Of The Dragon’

His only previous directorial credit being 2011’s “The Adjustment Bureau,” longtime screenwriter George Nolfi‘s (“Ocean’s Twelve,” “The Bourne Ultimatum“) latest directorial effort, “Birth of the Dragon,” finds him switching gears a bit. Inspired by the true story of young Bruce Lee‘s public face-off with a kung-fu master in San Francisco circa 1965, ‘Birth’ will likely feature significantly fewer hats than Nolfi’s last picture.

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Bruce MacCallum Dies: Veteran Camera Operator And Union Activist Was 70

Bruce MacCallum Dies: Veteran Camera Operator And Union Activist Was 70
Bruce MacCallum, a veteran camera operator and longtime union activist, died in Los Angeles on June 12. Most recently he was working in TV on HBO’s The Night Of and NBC’s The Blacklist. He was 70. Among the feature films MacCallum worked on during his long career were All That Jazz (1979), Witness (1985), The Silence Of The Lambs (1991), I Am Legend (2007) and The Adjustment Bureau (2011). MacCallum started his entertainment industry career in 1973 as a personal assistant…
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Bruce MacCallum Dies: Veteran Camera Operator And Union Activist Was 70

Bruce MacCallum, a veteran camera operator and longtime union activist, died in Los Angeles on June 12. Most recently he was working in TV on HBO’s The Night Of and NBC’s The Blacklist. He was 70. Among the feature films MacCallum worked on during his long career were All That Jazz (1979), Witness (1985), The Silence Of The Lambs (1991), I Am Legend (2007) and The Adjustment Bureau (2011). MacCallum started his entertainment industry career in 1973 as a personal assistant…
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The Greatest Election Movies

Author: Linda Marric

With American primaries and presidential elections lasting sometimes up to 18 months, it’s no wonder Hollywood cannot seem to get enough of campaign-trail dramas. From quirky comedies, to serious thrillers based on real events, there seems to be an infinite amount of scripts and stories to tell, each offering a different angle on the subject of electoral shenanigans and political intrigue.

The UK may not do elections on the same mammoth scale as its American cousins, but like it or not, right now we do not seem to go more than a year without one major political race or another. With a surprise general election taking place today what better time for us to take a look at some of the most memorable films about elections ever made?

5- The Adjustment Bureau (George Nolfi, 2011)

This Philip K Dick inspired sci-fi B movie delivers way more than is expected from it,
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Spectral Trailer: Special Forces Vs the Supernatural

Spectral Trailer: Special Forces Vs the Supernatural
Originally slated to hit theaters earlier this year through Universal Pictures and Legendary Entertainment, the new thriller Spectral was picked by Netflix last month and slated with a December 9 release date on the streaming service. Today we have the first trailer for Spectral, exactly one week before fans around the world can watch this thriller. Spectral was initially set for release on August 12, which would have put it up against Pete's Dragon, Sausage Party and Florence Foster Jenkins.

Spectral follows a brilliant Darpa scientist who goes on a deadly mission with a Special Ops team of Delta Force soldiers into a war-torn city where mysterious phantom aggressors code-named Spectral have been causing inexplicable civilians deaths. The cast includes James Badge Dale, Emily Mortimer, Max Martini, Cory Hardrict and Bruce Greenwood. Production took place on location in Budapest, Hungary, with Peter Jackson's Weta Workshop creating the futuristic weapons, with Weta Digital providing the visual effects.
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‘The Man in the High Castle’: Four-Minute Recap of First Season’s Twists and Turns — Watch

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‘The Man in the High Castle’: Four-Minute Recap of First Season’s Twists and Turns — Watch
Philip K. Dick’s writing has been adapted to the screen on multiple occasions, including Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner,” Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report” and most recently, the Amazon original series “The Man in the High Castle.” The series explores an alternative history of the world in which the Axis powers won World War II and the resistance that springs up to bring them down. The complete first season premiered last November and received mostly positive reviews. Now, the second season will premiere in just a few short weeks. Watch a four-minute recap of the first season below to get yourself ready for the new season.

Read More: ‘The Man in the High Castle’ Season 2 Trailer: The Fight Against Nazis Gets Darker

The second season resumes with Juliana Crain facing the consequences of her decision to betray the Resistance and allow suspected Nazi agent Joe Blake to escape the
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Home is Where the Heartache Is: Casey Affleck and Kenneth Lonergan talk Manchester by the Sea

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Home is Where the Heartache Is: Casey Affleck and Kenneth Lonergan talk Manchester by the SeaHome is Where the Heartache Is: Casey Affleck and Kenneth Lonergan talk Manchester by the SeaMarni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine11/23/2016 3:03:00 Pm

Casey Affleck has been getting a lot of attention for Manchester by the Sea since the drama set in a small town along the Massachusetts coast debuted at Sundance in January.

He plays Lee Chandler, a man destroyed by a personal tragedy that prompts him to leave his hometown for Boston, an hour’s drive away, where he lives a solitary life as a janitor. But when his brother (Kyle Chandler) dies of heart failure, Lee has to return home to take care of his teenaged nephew (Lucas Hedges) and confront his past.

Applause for the film only amplified in September when it screened at the Toronto International Film Festival ahead
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Kenneth Lonergan’s ‘Manchester by the Sea’: How to Make a Best Picture Contender

Kenneth Lonergan’s ‘Manchester by the Sea’: How to Make a Best Picture Contender
There are so many ways a movie can go wrong; to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination, everything must go right. At the end of the New York Film Festival, the one movie that notches all the boxes is “Manchester by the Sea.”

“It’s like surfing,” said “Manchester by the Sea” producer Chris Moore. “If you catch the right wave with the right movement on the right project, it turns into one of the movies you love. All these same people have made movies you love and they have also made movies you hate. It’s not because they’re less talented or don’t know how to make a movie, it’s because the stars didn’t align, shit didn’t go the way it was supposed to.”

Reviews have been stellar for the third feature from playwright/screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan (“You Can Count On Me,” “Margaret”), starring Casey Affleck,
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Kenneth Lonergan’s ‘Manchester by the Sea’: How to Make a Best Picture Contender

Kenneth Lonergan’s ‘Manchester by the Sea’: How to Make a Best Picture Contender
There are so many ways a movie can go wrong; to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination, everything must go right. At the end of the New York Film Festival, the one movie that notches all the boxes is “Manchester by the Sea.”

“It’s like surfing,” said “Manchester by the Sea” producer Chris Moore. “If you catch the right wave with the right movement on the right project, it turns into one of the movies you love. All these same people have made movies you love and they have also made movies you hate. It’s not because they’re less talented or don’t know how to make a movie, it’s because the stars didn’t align, shit didn’t go the way it was supposed to.”

Reviews have been stellar for the third feature from playwright/screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan (“You Can Count On Me,” “Margaret”), starring Casey Affleck,
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Birth of the Dragon Trailer: Bruce Lee Vs. Wong Jack Man

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Birth of the Dragon Trailer: Bruce Lee Vs. Wong Jack Man
Just days after the poster arrived for the martial arts biopic Birth of the Dragon, the trailer has finally dropped. While this movie isn't the first to address Bruce Lee's legend, it is the only one to detail a legendary fight between Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man, which helped define Bruce Lee and turn him into a legend. The film premiered last week at the Toronto International Film Festival, but a domestic release date has not been issued.

An affectionate nod to the classic Kung Fu films of the 1970s, Birth of the Dragon is a dramatization of the true life but much disputed fight between Kung Fu greats Bruce Lee (Philip Ng) and Shaolin Master Wong Jack Man (Yu Xia) in San Francisco's Chinatown in 1964. Based on Michael Dorgan's magazine article, "Bruce Lee's Toughest Fight," the film is written by Chris Wilkinson and Stephen J. Rivele,
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